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DOING GOOD. 







Little Alice arose one bright May 
morning just as the sun was peering 
through the white curtains of her little 
chamber, and alter offering a simple 



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morning prayer from the depths of her 
happy heart, she prepared herself for 
breakfast. How beautiful the earth 
looked, all sparkling with dew drops, and 
how merrily the birds sang in the tops of 
the apple-trees ! Alice's heart grew hap- 
pier still as she looked out upon them, and. 
listened to their sweet hymnings. All was 
astir in the yard below. The speckled 
hen bustled about her ten chickens, 
anxious to pick them up a breakfast of 
stray worms and slugs ; the big Shanghai 
stood on a stone and poured forth a blast 
from his clarion, which might have 
awakened an army. Alice laughed at his 
pompous, ungainly figure, which seemed 
still more uncouth by contrast with the 
stately peacock, which just then swept 
down the carriage walk. It was, indeed, 
a lovely morning, and the little girl had 
arisen just in time to appreciate its beau- 
ties. It always makes us happier and 
better to sympathize with the lovely and 
beautiful in nature. It brings us nearer 
to God, the source of all true loveliness, 



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and makes us love more dearly all the 
creatures He has made. 

" I will see if I cannot do good to some 
one this day/' said Alice. " I know I am 
only a little girl, but I feel sure I can do 
something ;" and with this good resolution 
in her heart, she descended to the dining- 
room, just as the bell rang for family 
worship. 

When breakfast was ready, the baby 
worried and cried, and would not sit on 
the carpet as usual, and amuse himself. 
Mother looked weary, and it was plain her 
head ached badly. 

" Please let me take Willie, mother?" 
said Alice. " I would just as soon wait, 
and I know he will be quiet with me." 

" I should be very glad if you could 
divert him, Alice ; he is cutting his teeth, 
and has worried all the night. Poor little 
fellow r 

" Alice borrowed Prank's marbles, and 
sat down with baby on the carpet. The 
bright-hued balls pleased him, and he 
loved to roll them about with his little fat 
hands. His sister patiently gathered 



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reach, and thus the mealtime passed. 
She did not envy her brother his warm 
breakfast; the thought of helping her 
dear, kind mother, was a hundred times 
more satisfactory. The influence of a 
good example is often contagious, and 
after breakfast, the usually careless, whist- 
ling Frank sat down and played with the 
baby while Alice was eating. 

She did not conclude now that she had 
done enough for one day, but after baby 
had drank his cup of new milk she coaxed 
him into his cradle, giving him one of her 
gayest toys, and then sang a sweet lulling 
song which presently soothed the weary, 
restless little one into a quiet refreshing 
slumber. It more than repaid her for all 
her trouble to hear her mother say, " Dear 
Allie, you have helped me a great deal 
this morning ; and your little brother will 
feel much better for a good sleep." 

Just then grandpa entered, leaning on 
his staff, and walking feebly, as he felt 
more than usually unwell that morning. 
Alice sprang to his side, assisted him to 



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cross the room, where his easy chair was 
placed beside his favourite window. 

" I will bring you in your toast and 
tea, grandpa, as soon as Margaret makes 
them," she said, cheerily. 

" Thank you, my child, but I do not 
care much for them ; I have but little 
appetite to-day." 

" Just try a little," she added, as she 
passed out into the kitchen. She returned 
presently with a nicely-laid tray, and 
placing it before him, broke the egg ready 
for him, and poured out a cup of tea, 
chatting pleasantly all the while. The 
old man's heart warmed as he listened to 
her sunny, cheering words. The break- 
fast w r as eaten with a relish he did not 
anticipate, and his wasted frame was 
refreshed and invigorated. 

And thus she passed her day, going 
about the house with a sunny face, which 
shone pleasantly upon all around her. 
Not even the old cat, nor the chickens, 
were left without her efforts and sympa- 
thies. When she went to rest that night, 
her heart was lull of sunshine, and with 






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a thankful spirits he renewed her good re- 
solution for the coming day. 

Who of my little readers will form the 
same, and then carry it out as did little 
Alice ? 




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